Get geared up for field operating and setting up your field workbench with John Jacobs W7DBO from the Field Radio Podcast. In segment 1, John outlines his method for organizing and planning your field radio adventures. In segment 2 we list essential tools, parts, and test gear you need for light weight trail ops and full scale Field Day deployments. We wrap up the show with an introduction to the Powerfilm Lightsaver MAX portable battery and solar panel.
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John Jacobs W7DBO
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Segment 1 - Plan your Event
Mission First Gear Second
Identify what you want to accomplish and select gear to match
What is your goal?
Doing work in advance selecting gear to maximize time on air versus time setting up / breaking down
Field Tested Gear: Load out in living room, then load out in back yard, then load out in local park, then once gear is tested, attempt the big trip. Field test in your driveway or at the park first.
Personal prep / Safety First:
Personal Emergency Preparations, travel itinerary, weather observations, red flag warnings.
Gear Must Be:
Segment 2 - Field Workbench
Light weight radio events – SOTA, travel, casual operating, emergency prep
Have a common simplex frequency
Review the wilderness protocol
Big radio events – Field Day, Contesting, Public service events
TIP: Get a good cheap tool kit at Home Depot – HDX tool set $20.
TIP: Get a bunch of cheap tools at Harbor Freight for the club.
PowerFilm Solar Lightsaver MAX
Portable battery and flexible solar panel
Runs the KX2 fine. No charge controller noise detected on initial trial.